Champlain North Ridge Trail Bear Brook Trail

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Enjoy expansive views from the summit of Champlain Mountain and all along the open ridge, the closest to the ocean of all of Acadia’s ridges. At times you’ll see the contrast of fog rolling in over Frenchman Bay below and sun shining overhead, or storm clouds streaming in from the west as clear skies still prevail to the east. On the Champlain North Ridge Trail early one morning, a blanket of fog rolled in and enveloped the Porcupine Islands in the space of a few minutes. Amazingly, the ridgetop trail continued to be bathed in sunshine as the foghorns sounded their warnings below. Another time, we started a late afternoon walk under sunny skies, but by the time we got to the summit a mile away, strong rain forced us to put on full storm gear from head to toe.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Acadia National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Acadia National Park

by Dolores Kong & Dan Ring (Falcon Guides)

Enjoy expansive views from the summit of Champlain Mountain and all along the open ridge, the closest to the ocean of all of Acadia’s ridges. At times you’ll see the contrast of fog rolling in over Frenchman Bay below and sun shining overhead, or storm clouds streaming in from the west as clear skies still prevail to the east.

On the Champlain North Ridge Trail early one morning, a
blanket of fog rolled in and enveloped the Porcupine Islands
in the space of a few minutes. Amazingly, the ridgetop trail
continued to be bathed in sunshine as the foghorns sounded
their warnings below. Another time, we started a late afternoon walk under sunny skies, but by the time we got to the summit a mile away, strong rain forced us to put on full storm gear from head to toe.

© 2015 Dolores Kong & Dan Ring/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bar Harbor
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Acadia National Park and Vicinity
Driving Directions: Directions to Champlain North Ridge Trail (Bear Brook Trail)

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